Actor House Peters, Jr., known for playing the original Mr. Clean on TV commercials, died of natural causes Oct. 1 in Woodland Hills, Calif. He was 92.
Born in New Rochelle, N.Y, his father, House Peters, Sr., was an actor in silent films and his mother was actress Mae King Peters.
He grew up in Beverly Hills and studied drama in high school. After graduation, he obtained roles in films such as “Hot Tip” “Public Cowboy No. 1” and “Flash Gordon” the television series. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and returned to Los Angeles, where he acted onstage and in films. While he was never a leading man, he had roles in many Westerns, for which he received a Golden Boot Award in 2000. Some of his film credits include “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” “Rio Conchos,” “The Dakota Kid,” “Strategic Air Command,” “Rebel Without A Cause” and “Man From God’s Country.”
Peters, Jr. also worked with Roy Rogers and Gene Autry on their respective TV series. Additional TV credits include “Wagon Train,” “Perry Mason,” “Gunsmoke,” “The Twilight Zone” and “Lassie.”
He worked extensively in commercial spots, playing the original Mr. Clean from the late 1950s to the early 1960s. He retired in the late 1960s after filming his last episode of “Lassie.”
Peters, Jr. is survived by his wife, Lucy; two sons; a daughter and four grandchildren.